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January 14, 2011



Wow. I am impressed by your amplification of Benjamin's concern for history through referencing Giroux. Where does Grioux write this?

Richard Prouty

You can find Giroux's essay at http://www.truth-out.org/in-twilight-social-state-rethinking-walter-benjamins-angel-history66544.



MM Jones


Can you please check that link to Giroux's essay on Truth Out again? It goes to a "page not found" and I can't find the essay through search. Thanks.

Richard Prouty

The link in the body of the entry is correct. It's under "considers." Here's the link again:


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After a bit of a blogging break, I'm back. It's so lovely to read your news. Your blog is looking beautiful. AS xx

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One-Way Street [Einbahnstrasse, 1928] was Walter Benjamin's first effort to break out of the narrow confines of the academy and apply the techniques of literary studies to life as it is currently lived. For Benjamin criticism encompasses the ordinary objects of life, the literary texts of the time, films in current release, and the fleeting concerns of the public sphere. Following Benjamin's lead, this blog is concerned with the political content of the aesthetic and representations of the political in the media. As Benjamin writes in One-Way Street, "He who cannot take sides should keep silent."